Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus pushed back at critics who have questioned his continued support for Senator Rob Portman, the Ohio Republican who came out in support of gay marriage last week.
â€œWhen someone asks me â€˜Are you going to cut off funding for Rob Portman?â€™ I think itâ€™s just ridiculous,â€ Priebus told a group of reporters Friday during a briefing at National Reviewâ€™s Washington, D.C., office. â€œHeâ€™s a good Republican. I think itâ€™s also normal and decent to still support a person that you agree with on 99 percent of the issues.â€
But Priebus says his support of Portman doesnâ€™t signal a policy shift within the partyâ€™s platform. â€œYes, weâ€™re still a pro-life party. Yes, we still defend our platform on marriage,â€ he said. He emphasized, however, that Republicans must also sound â€œreasonableâ€ to voters who disagree.
Priebus cited former governor Mike Huckabee of Arkansas as an example of someone who could be â€œa model for a lot of people in our partyâ€ in terms of discussing issues like marriage and abortion. â€œI always tell people: Listen to Governor Mike Huckabee,â€ he said. â€œI donâ€™t know anyone that talks about them any better.â€
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